Prince George's official christening photo makes history
Squeeee! Prince William and Duchess Kate pose with their excited little prince. The portraits were taken in the Morning Room, which dates back to 1825, when it was designed as a "Breakfast Room" for the Duke of Clarence.
The world got a rare glimpse of 3-month-old Prince George — and his chubby cheeks — outside of St. James’s Palace just before his christening on Wednesday. Now be prepared to enjoy his little baby face four more times with the official set of christening photos released by the palace Thursday.
One of the photos is history in the making: the newest heir to the British throne, Prince George, pictured with his three elder generations for the first time.
Four generations: Prince William, 31, holds his 3-month-old son, George, while standing next to Prince Charles, 64, and Queen Elizabeth, 87.
The portrait is reminiscent of another historic photo of British royalty taken after the christening of Prince Edward of York, the future Edward VIII, in 1894. That image depicts the newly-christened baby being held by his great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, with his father, George V, and grandfather, Edward VII, standing beside them.
Four generations of royals were also photographed in 1894: King George V (right), Edward VII (left) and Queen Victoria holding the future King Edward VIII.
The four formal photos of Prince George were taken by celebrity portrait photographer Jason Bell just after the christening ceremony, which was an intimate family affair reserved for close relatives and friends. The royal couple’s family members, including their parents and siblings as well as Queen Elizabeth II, gathered for the portraits in the Morning Room at Clarence House, which is the official residence of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, and Duchess Kate, holding Prince George, on a sofa that dates back to 1773. Prince Philip stands with Prince Charles, Camilla and Harry.
The royal couple and Prince George (from left to right) Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton, Michael Middleton.
Though Prince George has been enjoying his time in the spotlight this week, Kate has also been dazzling the public. On Thursday evening she attended a charity gala dinner at Kensington Palace — also her official residence — as the guest of honor.
At a gala dinner, Kate told a fellow guest that George "was such a good boy actually. We're very lucky, he's not always like that," according to People.
She looked lovely in a fitted black dress at the event, which was hosted by the organization 100 Women In Hedge Funds to raise money for the charity Action on Addiction.